It is Well With My Soul

It is not too much to say that all real growth in the spiritual life-all victory over temptation, all confidence and peace in the peace in the presence of difficulties and dangers, all repose of spirit in times of great disappointment or loss, all habitual communion with God-depend upon the practice of secret prayer.” Author unknown.

Recently, my meditation readings have focused on peace-peace within, bold peace.  “Where there is peace, God is” said George Herbert.  Our minds are kept in perfect peace, when we focus on Him, not them.  Romans 12: 1-2, strongly encourages us to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto Him.  Do not be conformed to the same manner of thinking, behaving and reacting to the world.  How can this be achieved?  Peace.

There comes a peace that even in the face of tremendous pain or challenges we can experience a peace that passes all understanding.  That peace is the peace of Christ, since he is the Crown Prince of Peace.  Peace is part of His divine nature, His essence. The Lord blesses his people with peace (Psalm 29:11).  It is Peace that rides along side us and hovers over us when we rest at night filling our soul and spirit with blessed assurance.  Peace gives us strength from day-to-day.  Peace strives to keep unity and does not create strife.  Peace is never anxious, because with prayer and supplication and thanksgiving, petitions, requests are made known to God, knowing full well He can handle it. Peace is the legacy Jesus leaves with his children (John 14:27), “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”  Peace, glorious peace.  As this day unfolds, rely on that peace. Fill every corner of your mind with peace, knowing all is well your soul.

 

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day signals the first official day of summer. What are your plans for the day?  Going to a family picnic, or the pool? Maybe you’re off to do a bit of shopping, or going to visit with friends or loved ones.   Whatever your plans remember the reason for the day.  The purpose of Memorial Day is to salute those who fought and died while serving in the armed forces.

God established memorials early in mankind’s history.  Memorials are mental markers.  They help to recall the significance of an event.  They are also visible reminders used to teach and pass on history to the next generation.

So, pause for a moment to give thanks for servicemen and women for their sacrifices, and remember those still serving, including their families. And while you’re at it, please give thanks for those saints past and present who suffered, died, and offer prayers for those experiencing persecution right now for the gospel.  They also deserve our prayers for advancing the cause for Christ.